In college b-ball, emphasis on new rules nets mixed results for 2013-14

Though it ended with an entertaining championship, the conclusion of the 2012-13 college basketball season brought about a widely held and grim assessment — scoring was down and because of that, the sport was in danger.

To some, the game had become stale. Once defined by fluidity and rhythm, it was now home to bad offensive play, overly aggressive defenses and contests in which neither team cracked 60 points.

Division I teams averaged 67.5 points per game in 2012-13, the lowest mark since 1981-82. That was four years before the shot clock and five years before the 3-point line was introduced.

via In college b-ball, emphasis on new rules nets mixed results for 2013-14 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU football: All eyes in the backfield for Gold-Blue Game

The center of attention for Saturday’s Gold-Blue Game at West Virginia University will be standing behind the center. The intrasquad scrimmage at Mountaineer Field is the last chance this spring for the offense and the defense to make the most of plans to enhance and harass quarterbacks.

A year ago, WVU sacked the opposing quarterback just 16 times. The other team got the Mountaineers quarterback on the ground 28 times.

“We’re going to turn our guys that can get after the quarterback loose,” defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Tony Gibson said. “When it’s a third down situation, we may be playing with 10 guys on their feet and one down guy.”

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU football: All eyes in the backfield for Gold-Blue Game.

The Charleston Gazette | WVU closes spring with Gold-Blue game today

In a perfect world, Dana Holgorsen would have spent the past month and 14 spring practices to date in one of two modes where the most important position in his offense is concerned.

He would have spent that time watching all of his quarterback candidates fight for the job and use the competition to get better, or he would have decided on a clear winner and spent the spring polishing him.

Obviously, though, this is not a perfect world.

And so as West Virginia prepares for its 15th and final workout of the spring — today’s 1 p.m. Gold-Blue game at Mountaineer Field — Holgorsen has been able to do neither. He doesn’t have his full roster of quarterbacks available, so the competition hasn’t been what he would have liked. And obviously he’s in no position to settle on a starter and begin polishing the offense.

via The Charleston Gazette | WVU closes spring with Gold-Blue game today.

Errors Hurt in Loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State – WVU Athletics

Two errors by the WVU baseball team led to five unearned runs by No. 18 Oklahoma State in a 6-0 loss on Friday evening at Hawley Field.

In the first-ever Big 12 Conference game at Hawley Field, the Mountaineers amassed just six hits. West Virginia now sits at 16-13 on the season and 2-4 in the Big 12. The Cowboys improved to 24-10 and 6-4 in the conference.

Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-2) would get the loss despite another great start. He pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run off of five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Senior Pascal Paul, senior Joby Lapkowicz and sophomore Ryan Hostarander would combine to finish the game for the Mountaineers. Hostrander would pitch the final 1.1 innings of the contest, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk. 

Oklahoma State would score the games first run in the seventh inning as the Cowboys loaded the bases with no outs. Musgrave would strike the next batter out, but a line drive to right field allowed Oklahoma State’s Aaron Cornell to tag and score, taking a 1-0 lead.

via Errors Hurt in Loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State – WVU Athletics.

Mountaineers Welcome Ohio State – WVU Athletics

The West Virginia University women’s soccer team welcomes Ohio State to Dreamswork Field on Saturday, April 12, with kickoff scheduled for noon.

Admission is free. Fans attending the match are encouraged to park at the former Shoney’s parking lot on Monongahela Blvd., and use the back steps to access the practice facility.

“Ohio State is traditionally a strong team,” says Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We know we’re going to face high-level athletes, and we’re looking forward to the competition.”

via Mountaineers Welcome Ohio State – WVU Athletics.

Holgorsen Prepped for WVU Spring Game Showcase

Saturday's Gold-Blue Game is the culmination of weeks of hard work as the West Virginia University football team puts on a show for the fans at Mountaineer Field.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen joined the WVU Coaches Show this week to talk about the progress his bunch has made since opening camp in the beginning of March and what is still left to accomplish before the put the helmets on for real and get after Alabama in August.

"I've been very proud of how they've done," Holgorsen said. "Just the overall energy as far as showing up every day and being motivated and eager about getting out there and getting better at something."

via Holgorsen Prepped for WVU Spring Game Showcase – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WVU’s Bryce Bohman Big 12 Swimmer of the Year

West Virginia's Bryce Bohman has been named the Men's Swimmer of the Year by the Big 12 Conference.

"What an honor for Bryce, WVU and our program," says coach Vic Riggs. "Bryce is well-deserving of this award and has represented our program and University with the utmost integrity."

via WVU's Bryce Bohman Big 12 Swimmer of the Year – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

Gold-Blue game not end point for West Virginia football team

West Virginia's spring football practice ends Saturday with the Gold-Blue game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Several thousand people will be there, with more fans watching on TV. But what will that — or all 15 practice sessions — mean by the time the Mountaineers tee it up for real against Alabama on Aug. 30 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome?

Here's a clue: After the spring game two years ago, WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said, “To sum it up, we're about 33 percent into how we're going to look before we play our first game.”

In other words, spring ball gave little indication of what was ahead. And that was a team with future NFL players Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey on offense. Perhaps less is known about the 2014 Mountaineers at this point.

via Gold-Blue game not end point for West Virginia football team | TribLIVE.

West Virginia spring game offers intriguing first looks

Time heals all wounds, and spring football helps a bit, too.

When West Virginia last took the field at Milan Puskar Stadium, the Mountaineers were served a 52-44 triple-overtime defeat against lowly Iowa State. West Virginia finished the 2013 season 4-8 and missed a bowl game for the first time since 2001.

The re-energized squad returns to Mountaineer Field today for the Gold-Blue Spring Game, the last of its allotted 15 practice sessions before breaking spring camp.

Coach Dana Holgorsen approached his fourth spring in Morgantown rather differently than his first three. He bused the team around the state and held open Saturday practices in Wheeling, Charleston and at Milan Puskar Stadium.

via West Virginia spring game offers intriguing first looks – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Position battles on display Saturday – The Daily Athenaeum Online: Sports

Following last season’s noticeable regression on offense, fans of West Virginia football can get their first look at some of the new personnel and ongoing position battles on the offensive side of the ball Saturday at the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Mountaineers’ have new players at wide receiver, running back and quarterback, and all could factor into the team’s depth chart by the time it’s officially announced this fall.

“We still have a long way to go,” said WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen. “I am impressed with the guys’ energy. They have been excited about practicing and it seems like they are having a good time and trying to push their teammates to get better.”

via Position battles on display Saturday – The Daily Athenaeum Online: Sports.

Watch Gold-Blue Spring Game Preview – WVU Athletics

Jeff Culhane and Jed Drenning break down Saturday's Gold-Blue Spring Game, presented by Kroger, at Milan Puskar Stadium at 1 p.m. You can purchase advance tickets for $10 by calling the Mountaineer Ticket Office toll-free at 1-800-WVU GAME or by logging on to WVUGAME.com. Proceeds once again benefit WVU Children's Hospital.

via Watch Gold-Blue Spring Game Preview – WVU Athletics.

McBroom Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List – WVU Athletics

Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom has been named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 50-man midseason watch list.

The watch list features the nation’s top players, and will be a “rolling” list until May 27 – when the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists are announced.

McBroom is one of four Big 12 representatives, as he is joined by Brandon Finnegan (TCU), Ross Kivett (Kansas State) and Mark Payton (Texas).

McBroom is leading WVU with six home runs and 33 RBIs, while batting .343. In the Big 12 rankings, McBroom is tied for No. 1 in home runs, tied for No. 2 in RBIs, No. 4 in slugging percentage (.556), No. 9 in total bases (60) and No. 9 in batting average.

via McBroom Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List – WVU Athletics.

WVU Adds Georgia Southern to 2015 Slate

West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced on Thursday that Georgia Southern has been added to the 2015 football schedule. 

This fall, Georgia Southern will be competing at the FBS level for the first time after being a perennial FCS contender. The Eagles have won six FCS championships in program history and closed out their time at that level with an impressive upset victory at Florida to cap off the 2013 season. 

The addition of Georgia Southern completes WVU's schedule, rounding out a non-conference lineup that includes Maryland and Liberty. Each of the non-conference games will take place in Morgantown at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers will have four other home games in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech and Iowa State visiting the Mountain State. 

via WVU Adds Georgia Southern to 2015 Slate – WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News – Mountaineer Sports.

WV MetroNews – Musgrave hopes to ‘feel the energy’ as No. 18 Cowboys visit Hawley Field

Marked by bare-bones dugouts, temporary metal bleachers and a few port-a-potties, Hawley Field is the stripped-down step-child of Big 12 ballparks.

Yet Harrison Musgrave can’t wait to pitch there Friday.

When No. 18 Oklahoma State (23-10, 5-4) arrives Friday to begin a three-game set, it will represent a snippet of history for WVU’s decidedly unadorned campus ballpark, now in its 44th and final season.

via WV MetroNews – Musgrave hopes to ‘feel the energy’ as No. 18 Cowboys visit Hawley Field.

WV MetroNews – Kansas coaches visit juco guard day before his planned trip to WVU

As point guard Tarik Phillip prepared to make a weekend recruiting visit to West Virginia, his junior college coach said Thursday that Kansas has taken an interest.

“The University of Kansas was in today to see him,”  Independence (Kan.) Community College coach Tony Turner told MetroNews. “They are aware that he’s going on a visit to West Virginia this weekend. He’s got two big dogs in the Big 12 recruiting him, and he’s just looking for the right fit.”

via WV MetroNews – Kansas coaches visit juco guard day before his planned trip to WVU.

Hurlbert looks to finish WVU career on strong note – The Daily Athenaeum Online: Sports

Senior Jessica Hurlbert of the West Virginia University rowing team will be completing her final season as a Mountaineer in just over a month, but she looked back on what being a student-athlete meant to her during the past four years at West Virginia.

“It is very bittersweet that I’m a senior, (but) I feel so fortunate to (have been given) the opportunity to be an athlete at WVU,” Hurlbert said. “It’s been such a great time.

“Some of these girls will be my best friends forever, and it’s sad, but I’m also ready to move on.”

via Hurlbert looks to finish WVU career on strong note – The Daily Athenaeum Online: Sports.

Scoop and Score (4/10/14) : with Guest Dave Schuman From National Underclassman

Mike Casazza has been covering WVU athletics for 11 years. It only feels like 111.

via Scoop and Score (4/10/14) : with Guest Dave Schuman From National Underclassman.

Charleston Daily Mail | WVU football: Millard, Howard different quarterbacks

There are two things Shannon Dawson knows about quarterbacks and two things he has to remind observers about senior Paul Millard and junior college transfer Skyler Howard.

The first is important to note as Millard and Howard either make mistakes with their arms or plays with their feet.

“Very seldom are you sitting back there extremely comfortable,” said Dawson, WVU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “Defenses are going to disguise coverage, they’re going to blitz, the looks are going to change, offensive linemen are going to bust protection.”

The second might matter more as it relates to the competition between the two this spring, which ends with the 15th and final practice in Saturday’s Gold-Blue game at Mountaineer Field. While there’s a big difference between what Millard and Howard know about the offense, there’s perhaps a greater disparity with regard to what both can do with it.

via Charleston Daily Mail | WVU football: Millard, Howard different quarterbacks.

The Charleston Gazette | In big picture, $106M just isn’t that much

I’ve never been one who considered bigger to be better, new preferable to old or high-tech more desirable than old school.

There are exceptions, of course. I’m not eager to return to pre-computer days or to trade in my pickup truck for my original 1972 Pinto. I like central air better than window fans and the idea of returning to a rotary-dial phone just doesn’t do much for me.

I bring that up because it struck me the other day that most of West Virginia University’s athletic facilities were built when almost all of those things were the norm.

Apparently it struck Oliver Luck that way, too.

“Since I was a student-athlete there have only been two competition venues that have been built,’’ said Luck, whose final season as a WVU quarterback was 1981. “A lot of our venues have aged.’’

via The Charleston Gazette | In big picture, $106M just isn’t that much.

The Name Game – WVU Athletics

Do you remember the old “I before E, except after C” rule that we were all taught in grammar school? Well, that sometimes comes to mind whenever I think of West Virginia University junior linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.

Let’s face it, Kwiatkoski is not the easiest surname to get right, but it clearly pales in comparison to junior volleyball player Anna Panagiotakopoulos, or “Anna P” to just about everyone who knows her.

Imagine the look of horror on the face of the opposing public address announcer whenever he or she looks at the West Virginia volleyball roster once they get down to the Ps.

P-A-N-A-G-I-O-T-A-K-O-P-O-U-L-O-S … that’s 17 letters worth of fun right there.

via The Name Game – WVU Athletics.